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What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

If you have a child in Year 1, you may have heard of the phonics screening check. Here we explain what the phonics screening check is and give some helpful tips about how to support your child’s learning. What is the Year 1 phonics screening check? The phonics screening check is taken each June by … Read more

Happyville High

Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin Heroic nerds are here to save the day! From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love! A highly recommended read for fans of … Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

An Oxford University Press report, Why the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report, published this week reveals that both primary and secondary schools teachers are finding that an increasing number of children have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. Without enough words a child will not only find it difficult to understand instructions at … Read more

Planet Stan

Book of the Month: Planet Stan

Planet Stan Written by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge Stanley loves space, calm and pie charts. His younger brother Fred loves dinosaurs, chaos and mess, and is prone to leaving snails under Stanley’s bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox. Surely they must have something in common? With the clock ticking down to the … Read more

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

As you would expect, subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Children start to learn about subtraction in their first year of primary school and it is something they continue to build upon all the way through to Year 6 (Primary 7). Here we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Book of the Month: Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul In this brand-new adventure from Valerie Thomas – with iconic illustrations by Korky Paul – the nation’s most-beloved witch and her ever-patient cat discover what it was like to be a knight in medieval times. With a little magical help … Read more

Roald Dahl

World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 1 March 2018. Make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no sewing whatsoever, which means you can spend less time making … Read more

Key Stage 2 SATs – advice and help for parents

With Key Stage 2 SATs slowly appearing on the horizon, you might be wondering how you can best help your Year 6 child prepare. Fortunately, we have a wide range of useful resources to give you a head start in figuring out exactly what SATs involve and how you can support your child. Take a … Read more

How to find the perfect words for your story

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make their language sparkle, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words. Remind your child to share their dazzling prose with the world by submitting a story to this year’s BBC 500 Words … Read more

4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

Every story needs a star. From famous footballers to pet hamsters to superheroes, unforgettable characters make stories come to life. These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists. Make sure you remind your child to submit their finished story to this year’s BBC 500 Words short story competition by … Read more